A Tribute to Grace Grenache Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard 2016 750ml
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A Tribute to Grace Grenache Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard 2016

Santa Barbara - California - United States

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Rated 90 by James Suckling
Lightly colored, the 2016 Grenache Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard Mesa Block (100% Grenache aged 10 months in 10% new barrels) offers a more savory, dried fruit character yet it's not evolved or tired. Dried cherries, strawberries, loamy soil, and earthy notes all flow to a medium-bodied, silky, elegant wine. It has light tannin, a great texture, and is already hard to resist.
Rated 90 by Wine & Spirits
Bright and translucent, this wine comes from one of the state’s highest vineyards, at 3,000 to 3,400 feet in altitude in the desert highlands of eastern Santa Barbara County. Despite its pale shade, it’s chewy and persistent, the red cherry and strawberry flavors acquiring a molasses depth of sweetness.
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Region: California

Since the 18th century, California has been a hugely important and influential wine region, acting as a trailblazer for other New World wine regions and utilizing an important blend of traditional and contemporary practices, methods and techniques relating to their wine production. Split into four key areas – the North Coast, the Central Coast, the South Coast and the Central Valley – Californian wineries make the most of their ideal climate and rich variety of terrains in order to produce a fascinating range of wines made with a long list of different fine grape varietals. Today, the state has almost half a million acres under vine, and is one of the world's largest wine exporters, with Californian wines being drunk and enjoyed all across the globe.

Country: United States

For three hundred years now, the United States has been leading the New World in wine production, both in regards to quantity and quality. Wine is actually produced in all fifty states across the country, with California leading the way by an enormous margin. Indeed, as much as eighty-nine percent of all wines to come out of the United States are produced in California, where the fertile soils and sloping mountain sides, coupled with the long, hot summers provide ideal conditions for producing high quality, European style red, white and rosé wines. With over a million acres of the country under vine, the United States sits comfortably as the fourth largest wine producer in the world, where imported grape varietals from all over the Old World are processed using a successful blend of traditional and contemporary techniques.

Appellation: Santa Barbara

California is one of the New World's truly great wine producing countries, and within the state, there are few regions quite as enduringly popular or successful as Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara benefits from the fantastic sunshine the state is famous for, as well as the cooling and temperate Pacific Ocean winds which help to slow the ripening process and ensure the grapes which thrive there end up expressing more flavor and aroma in the bottle. The region itself is renowned for producing high quality and flavorful red wines, commonly made from classic French grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. However, recent years have seen the wineries of Santa Barbara eager to experiment, and today several different red and white wine grapes are growing well in this beautiful region.